Two terror bombing attacks a day apart from each other and on opposite sides of the globe show the stark reality that is terror in the twenty first century. The first attack in Manchester at the end of pop concert killed over twenty people, some of the as young as eight. In Jakarta, half a world away. policemen were targeted in the eastern part of the city.
The Manchester terrorist has been named as Salman Abedi, 22 who had only returned to UK from Libya days earlier. Seventy three people are in hospital, twenty three of those in critical care. (here) The explosive used identified as “triacetone triperoxide” or TATP, was also used in the Paris and Brussels attacks (here). It is easily made from sulphuric acid, paint stripper and hydrogen peroxide and by carefully controlling the temperature as the components are added. It is known as “Mother of Satan” and is used in blasting caps or detonators. As a primary explosive it is an extremely energetic explosive. Methods of making TATP can be easily found on YouTube.
CCTV footage reportedly showed the Abedi placing a bag down in the foyer between Manchester Arena and Victoria station shortly before it detonated amid crowds leaving the concert.
“Abedi, who was born in the UK to Libyan parents who had fled Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, had shown signs of extremism including flying an Islamist flag from his Manchester home but not raised sufficient alarm to spark intervention by British security services.
The Burnage Academy for Boys confirmed he attended the school between 2009 and 2011 but said it could give no further details due to the ongoing investigation.
Abedi went on to study for a business and management degree at the University of Salford but dropped out at the start of his second year in September, getting a job in a bakery.
He was not well-known by neighbours in the tight-knit Fallowfield community in Manchester, but some noticed he had grown a beard and started to wear religious dress in recent months”
Predictable Daesh through its spider web of social media misanthropes has claimed responsibility for both acts of terror.
British police have been at odds with a leak of some of the investigation details, such as this press button trigger. (here) The other details leaked include the 12V battery used as power for the fuse, which would dispel any redundancy. This device was designed to ‘definitely’ explode.
Further arrests (here)
Two suicide bombers detonated explosive devices near a bus stop with a delay of approximately ten minutes resulting in the death of three policemen.
The last attack in Jakarta in January 2016 (here)
Egypt – Daesh claim deadly attack on Coptic Christians.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for yet another cowardly attack that killed at least 29 Coptic Christian pilgrims traveling on a bus south of Cairo.
Masked gunmen driving SUVs opened fire Friday on the caravan of Coptic Christians heading for the monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in the Minya governorate about 200 km’s south of Cairo.
In response, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi ordered Egyptian jets carry out airstrikes on camps in Libya used by militants responsible for the attack.
511 sectarian incidents July 2012 – May 2017 (infographic) 231 of those since Sisi took control after a military coup 2014.
“a direct correlation between the high presence of Islamist movements, high levels of laxity by the security apparatus [and] high levels of poverty that contribute to the sectarian assaults” Mariz Tadros